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Wilcox: Blackburn Rovers can make it a Wembley double

JASON Wilcox believes a dream Wembley double would be a fitting finale for Blackburn Rovers’ long-suffering supporters – insisting only football is capable of delivering such fairytale storylines.

A Premier League title winner with Rovers during the club’s ‘golden era’ in the mid-1990s, Wilcox has watched the club’s decline under owners Venky’s with real sadness but is hopeful the worst is now behind them.

Wilcox, who is now working as a coach for in Manchester City’s youth set-up, is adamant Rovers could surprise everyone by actually winning the FA Cup, but he knows the priority has to be promotion.

Ahead of tomorrow’s visit of another of his former clubs Leeds United, Wilcox knows a victory is crucial as Rovers look to bridge the seven-point gap between themselves and the play-offs.

With an FA Cup quarter final at Millwall standing in their way of a Wembley semi final, Wilcox can sense the excitement around the place growing and admits the supporters deserve a return of some good times.

He said: “It has been a long hard slog for the supporters and they have been through a lot but hopefully they are finally getting their rewards for sticking by the club.

“We all know what has happened over the past couple of years and it has been sad to see but it wouldn’t surprise me now if they go all the way in the FA Cup and get promoted through the play-offs. Only in football do things like this happen.

“Obviously the club need a bit of luck along the way but there are the players in the squad and the strength in depth capable of getting some real momentum going.

“Promotion has to be the priority but a trip to Wembley in the FA Cup would be a real bonus for the supporters and something they would enjoy. Why can’t they win the cup? So many strange things have happened in the competition, you just never know.”

Leeds themselves have their own play-off ambitions, having moved ahead of Rovers with their midweek win over Blackpool, with Wilcox saying their recent plight shows how hard it can be to regain top flight status.

He believes Leeds’ past plummet from the Premier League can’t be compared to Rovers’ recent troubles but does think it proves the size of the challenge ahead.

He said: “The difference between Leeds and Rovers was that Leeds massively overspent when they were relegated. Rovers didn’t, in fact it was probably the reverse.

“What Leeds’ situation has shown though is how easy it can be to continue the slide and drop down the divisions and how long it can take to get back up.

“Leeds are a massive football club, as Blackburn Rovers are, and both will feel they belong in the Premier League. That is easier said than done though.

“Leeds will be a tough test for Rovers this weekend. They have a great support and will still be gunning for a place in the play-offs as well. It will be a tough one to call.”

Wilcox made more than 300 appearances for Rovers between 1986 and 1999, having signed for the club as a schoolboy, and helped them into the Premier League before winning it in 1995.

He went on to make almost 100 league appearances for Leeds and featured in their UEFA Cup and Champions League runs to the semi finals, before suffering the drop with the Whites.

Since retiring in 2006, Wilcox has been searching for a route back into the game and, with coaching badges to his name, he was handed an opportunity at Manchester City in the summer.

“I always knew I would get back in the game at some point, it is something I always wanted,” he said.

“If you speak to any of the managers I have played under, I am sure they would all tell you I was inquisitive and always wanted to learn about the game.

“It was just a case of when it was going to happen. For a long time I was almost waiting for the opportunity to come to me rather than searching for it.

“I realised I needed to start putting my neck on the line and start looking for an opportunity myself rather than wait for it to come to me.

“There are that many players coming out of the game these days that if you wait for something to happen, you will be waiting forever.”

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2:01pm Fri 22 Feb 13

MxMave says...

Millwall will beat us in the FA cup and after Tuesday's defeat we are a million miles away from the playoffs. Even if we do make the playoffs, could you honestly say that Rovers have the mentality to win it? We need more time and better players before any of this is possible.
Millwall will beat us in the FA cup and after Tuesday's defeat we are a million miles away from the playoffs. Even if we do make the playoffs, could you honestly say that Rovers have the mentality to win it? We need more time and better players before any of this is possible. MxMave
  • Score: -14

2:09pm Fri 22 Feb 13

harrydb5 says...

I think getting to the semis of the FA cup is certainly doable considering our next opponants is Millwall. Getting any further would be a miracle though. When Henning Berg was sacked I would rather have not been in the cup and concentrating with the league but beating Arsenal has certainly showed that the cup still retains its magic. I for one would not want to change that.

The main priority is the league of course and I believe that getting into the play offs is a realistic target. We are improving with each game and MA is saying/doing the right things. We need a few results to go our way but its certainly achievable. We havnt left it too late and the course of this season is still in our hands but we cant have performances like the one against Hull and expect to be there at the end of the season. Its time for this team to fulfill its potential if we want to get into the Premiership this season.
I think getting to the semis of the FA cup is certainly doable considering our next opponants is Millwall. Getting any further would be a miracle though. When Henning Berg was sacked I would rather have not been in the cup and concentrating with the league but beating Arsenal has certainly showed that the cup still retains its magic. I for one would not want to change that. The main priority is the league of course and I believe that getting into the play offs is a realistic target. We are improving with each game and MA is saying/doing the right things. We need a few results to go our way but its certainly achievable. We havnt left it too late and the course of this season is still in our hands but we cant have performances like the one against Hull and expect to be there at the end of the season. Its time for this team to fulfill its potential if we want to get into the Premiership this season. harrydb5
  • Score: 6

3:05pm Fri 22 Feb 13

thresholdweller says...

MxMave wrote:
Millwall will beat us in the FA cup and after Tuesday's defeat we are a million miles away from the playoffs. Even if we do make the playoffs, could you honestly say that Rovers have the mentality to win it? We need more time and better players before any of this is possible.
Life? Don't talk to me about life.
[quote][p][bold]MxMave[/bold] wrote: Millwall will beat us in the FA cup and after Tuesday's defeat we are a million miles away from the playoffs. Even if we do make the playoffs, could you honestly say that Rovers have the mentality to win it? We need more time and better players before any of this is possible.[/p][/quote]Life? Don't talk to me about life. thresholdweller
  • Score: 3

3:57pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Come the Revolution says...

Stop talking through your a*se Jason. I think you've injured it, with all the time you've spent sitting on the fence !!!
Stop talking through your a*se Jason. I think you've injured it, with all the time you've spent sitting on the fence !!! Come the Revolution
  • Score: -1

4:29pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Iiii1111 says...

Come the Revolution wrote:
Stop talking through your a*se Jason. I think you've injured it, with all the time you've spent sitting on the fence !!!
Don't be so hard on our jas....he obviously thinks Ewood is still being run along the lines of the 90's
[quote][p][bold]Come the Revolution[/bold] wrote: Stop talking through your a*se Jason. I think you've injured it, with all the time you've spent sitting on the fence !!![/p][/quote]Don't be so hard on our jas....he obviously thinks Ewood is still being run along the lines of the 90's Iiii1111
  • Score: 0

4:30pm Fri 22 Feb 13

the usher says...

Jason wilcox is in cuckoo land. Rovers have NO chance of playing at Wembley this year.
Jason wilcox is in cuckoo land. Rovers have NO chance of playing at Wembley this year. the usher
  • Score: -6

5:12pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Harwoodstblue says...

the usher wrote:
Jason wilcox is in cuckoo land. Rovers have NO chance of playing at Wembley this year.
I don't know. There's only Millwall in the way and it could go any way.
[quote][p][bold]the usher[/bold] wrote: Jason wilcox is in cuckoo land. Rovers have NO chance of playing at Wembley this year.[/p][/quote]I don't know. There's only Millwall in the way and it could go any way. Harwoodstblue
  • Score: 3

6:24pm Fri 22 Feb 13

GameRoverMan says...

I would rather have a Wembley treble (FA semi, FA final + play-off final) but would be happy with a Wembley double - provided that we get automatic promotion!
I would rather have a Wembley treble (FA semi, FA final + play-off final) but would be happy with a Wembley double - provided that we get automatic promotion! GameRoverMan
  • Score: 4

7:10pm Fri 22 Feb 13

noddy57 says...

the usher wrote:
Jason wilcox is in cuckoo land. Rovers have NO chance of playing at Wembley this year.
Thats all we need,,an ex player making silly predictions,,there is a small chance of a semi final at wembley,{ never will agree with semi finals being played at wembley } wembley is for finals thats what makes the place special. why do they have to cheapen it? as for the play offs,,forget it ,,the only way that could happen is if the top 4 went through a bad patch and we got some consistency, just keep it real ,,we dont want egg on our faces do we,,
[quote][p][bold]the usher[/bold] wrote: Jason wilcox is in cuckoo land. Rovers have NO chance of playing at Wembley this year.[/p][/quote]Thats all we need,,an ex player making silly predictions,,there is a small chance of a semi final at wembley,{ never will agree with semi finals being played at wembley } wembley is for finals thats what makes the place special. why do they have to cheapen it? as for the play offs,,forget it ,,the only way that could happen is if the top 4 went through a bad patch and we got some consistency, just keep it real ,,we dont want egg on our faces do we,, noddy57
  • Score: -2

7:36pm Fri 22 Feb 13

kfc yummy says...

You have egg on your face.
You have egg on your face. kfc yummy
  • Score: -2

8:03pm Fri 22 Feb 13

catmik says...

Jesus! what's the matter with everyone on this site! get with the campaign! Good luck Jason, you are one of us, up the Blues!
Jesus! what's the matter with everyone on this site! get with the campaign! Good luck Jason, you are one of us, up the Blues! catmik
  • Score: 5

11:35pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Angry From Accrington says...

What utter garbage! We parked the bus at Arsenal and somehow survived a battering, mustered one miserable shot at Hull and now we can do a Wembley double! Appleton does not have the ability or ambition to get us anywhere near in either competition but under Steve Kean we would have playoffs secured and probably an automatic promotion place. I am boycotting the game tomorrow but on the plus side it is lovely and hot here in Boa Vista
What utter garbage! We parked the bus at Arsenal and somehow survived a battering, mustered one miserable shot at Hull and now we can do a Wembley double! Appleton does not have the ability or ambition to get us anywhere near in either competition but under Steve Kean we would have playoffs secured and probably an automatic promotion place. I am boycotting the game tomorrow but on the plus side it is lovely and hot here in Boa Vista Angry From Accrington
  • Score: -5

12:08am Sat 23 Feb 13

Rishtonian says...

Angry From Accrington wrote:
What utter garbage! We parked the bus at Arsenal and somehow survived a battering, mustered one miserable shot at Hull and now we can do a Wembley double! Appleton does not have the ability or ambition to get us anywhere near in either competition but under Steve Kean we would have playoffs secured and probably an automatic promotion place. I am boycotting the game tomorrow but on the plus side it is lovely and hot here in Boa Vista
You should fecking stay there
[quote][p][bold]Angry From Accrington[/bold] wrote: What utter garbage! We parked the bus at Arsenal and somehow survived a battering, mustered one miserable shot at Hull and now we can do a Wembley double! Appleton does not have the ability or ambition to get us anywhere near in either competition but under Steve Kean we would have playoffs secured and probably an automatic promotion place. I am boycotting the game tomorrow but on the plus side it is lovely and hot here in Boa Vista[/p][/quote]You should fecking stay there Rishtonian
  • Score: 2

9:18am Sat 23 Feb 13

Wild Rover says...

Angry From Accrington wrote:
What utter garbage! We parked the bus at Arsenal and somehow survived a battering, mustered one miserable shot at Hull and now we can do a Wembley double! Appleton does not have the ability or ambition to get us anywhere near in either competition but under Steve Kean we would have playoffs secured and probably an automatic promotion place. I am boycotting the game tomorrow but on the plus side it is lovely and hot here in Boa Vista
Boa Vista, is that near Fern Gore?
So you are a Steve Kean eh AFA?
Hmmm, well dont want to see you sneaking in to the queue for Semi final tickets
Naysayer getting desperate to find some gloom
I need more gloom he says, cant stand the light...arghhh
You are a Goon sir, mind you dont get hit by lightning on the 9th hole...
[quote][p][bold]Angry From Accrington[/bold] wrote: What utter garbage! We parked the bus at Arsenal and somehow survived a battering, mustered one miserable shot at Hull and now we can do a Wembley double! Appleton does not have the ability or ambition to get us anywhere near in either competition but under Steve Kean we would have playoffs secured and probably an automatic promotion place. I am boycotting the game tomorrow but on the plus side it is lovely and hot here in Boa Vista[/p][/quote]Boa Vista, is that near Fern Gore? So you are a Steve Kean eh AFA? Hmmm, well dont want to see you sneaking in to the queue for Semi final tickets Naysayer getting desperate to find some gloom I need more gloom he says, cant stand the light...arghhh You are a Goon sir, mind you dont get hit by lightning on the 9th hole... Wild Rover
  • Score: 2

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